RRH combines pediatric clinics

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital announced this week that it will consolidate two pediatric clinics to form one practice under the hospital’s name.

Beginning July 1, the RRH Rural Health and Southern Sierra Medical clinics will pool their combined resources to better serve patients.

Providers at the new consolidated clinic will include:

• Richelle Azores, MD

• Luigi Cendana, DO

• Andrew Modic, MD

• Sherel Ott, FNP-C

Additional pediatric support is also provided from visiting pediatricians, Joseph Cramer, MD, and Cinthya Del Castillo MD.

RRH also revealed that a pediatric urgent care is in the plans for the new location, slated to open fall 2019.

“The hospital is actively recruiting additional pediatricians to meet the growing needs of the community,” said RRH Administrator Michelle Whalley.

“We have interviewed five experienced and well-qualified pediatricians and hope to have more details very soon as to new additions. We are excited to consolidate and grow our pediatric practice. We want to provide convenience for our patients, and their busy parents — one stop for all your needs.”

“It is extremely exciting for us to be establishing one large pediatric practice,” said Rural Health Clinic Manager Lori Tiffany. “This will improve availability and access for our patients and will help us meet the unique healthcare needs of our community. We are working hard to build a solid healthcare service for our children and the generations to come.”

July 31 will be the last day of practice for Aisha Rollins, MD, who has been seeing patients under the Southern Sierra Medical Clinic and will be leaving to pursue new career opportunities.

“We are fortunate to have had her expertise over the past five years, and we thank her for the excellent care she provided to our community,” said Daphne Unhassobiscay, Director of Community Care Clinics.

RRH Pediatrics will be located at the hospital’s North Medical Plaza, where the Rural Health Pediatrics clinic is currently based. New patients are welcome.

For appointments call 760-499-3846 (weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or text the word APPOINTMENT to 833-RRH-4YOU (774-4968). More information about services offered at RRH Pediatrics can be found at https://www.rrh. org/treatment-care/pediatrics/.

Story First Published: 2019-06-07